EA Originals Program Starts With Lovely-Looking Fe

Last E3, Electronic Arts introduced us to a charmingly nervous Swedish chap who introduced us to Yarny and Unravel. This year, they announced a program apparently to help make that an annual tradition. During their E3 doodad, EA announced EA Originals, an initiative to fund and publish smaller games from smaller studios. They’ve done this a bit before, of course, only now it has a name and one nice-sounding term: “we want the profits from these games to go into the hands of the studios making them,” say EA. Anyway, the first EA Original will be the pretty Fe [official site].

Made by Stick It To The Man devs Zoink, Fe is a game about animals living in a dark forest. It looks like a puzzle-platformer-stealth-action sort of a thing, with each lifeform having its own song you can learn to interact with them in some way, which can help your little critter reach new places or duff up frightful shadow creatures. Here, look:

Now, neither the spoken nor written announcement was clear on the exact terms of EA Originals arrangements. It’s nice saying that profits will go to developers but what exactly do they keep and lose control of? I’m not trying to be down on it, just y’know I’ll not make grand judgements before I know what the deal is, yeah?

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  1. grimdanfango says:

    I’m not trying to be down on it, just y’know […]

    … it is EA.

  2. Shkspr says:

    Out of curiosity, how is the title pronounced? is it “FEH”? Or “FEE”? “Or maybe, “EFF EEE”?

    I think I’m just going to call it “Iron”.

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      Jekadu says:

      Depends on whether you use Swedish phonology or not. In Swedish it’s “feeh”, or close to it (the vowel isn’t part of English phonology). I’d go with “fey”, which is actually pretty close to how it’s pronounced with a Scanian dialect.

  3. sysop39 says:

    Fe as in ‘Santa’.

    • sysop39 says:

      Was a reply to Shkspr but unlike every OCD victim on here I’m not excusing myself or asking for an edit-functionality.

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        Jekadu says:

        Hey, come on. Using OCD as a slur is not cool.

        • Press X to Gary Busey says:

          Overmuch Correctionable Discomfort.
          I’m EA in this matter.

    • RaunakS says:

      I honestly don’t get the reference sorry. What has ‘Fe’ to do with Santa?

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        Jekadu says:

        It’s the Swedish word for fairy. In Swedish, the word for Santa Claus literally means “Christmas gnome”, and gnomes and fairies are, as I recall, fairly interchangable in Swedish stories.

  4. thedosbox says:

    It’s nice saying that profits will go to developers but what exactly do they keep and lose control of?

    Origin exclusive?

    • mattevansc3 says:

      If it’s anything like EA Partners it’s an Origin exclusive in that EA won’t publish to other platforms but they won’t stop studios self publishing or partnering with other publishers to go on other platforms.

    • Jay Load says:

      Small pieces of the developer’s souls.

  5. Freud says:

    I had to check if the developers were Swedish and they were. Fe is Swedish for fairy.

  6. Plank says:

    Everything Avoided

  7. eLBlaise says:

    It would appear Creavures is getting a big budget sequel.

    • haldolium says:

      Yeah it looks a lot like CreaVures, but they are good in copying styles. Stick it to the Man! looked a lot like Psychonauts as well, which turned out to be a good thing.

  8. Shazbut says:

    It’s a little…monochromatic, but otherwise looks nice

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    Jekadu says:

    This was unexpected. Zoink! going from cardboard cut-outs to purple 3D is a pretty big departure art-wise. Didn’t know they had it in them!

    Also, on a tangential note, I owe their CEO a kick to the nethers. Long story.

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      kfix says:

      *pours coffee*
      *lights cigar*
      *settles back in chair*

      Do tell, old chap. Do tell.

      • mattevansc3 says:

        That sounds more like a brandy and a pipe story.

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          kfix says:

          Question my post-prandial choices, will you? Pistols at dawn, my good man!

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      zapatapon says:

      Though if I remember correctly, Stick it to the man was rather quite purple already. It seems they love this color for some reason?

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    gritz says:

    This looks really great, but I just can’t deal with monochrome color palettes for long stretches. I feel like a 2 hour session with this game would ruin my eyes for the rest of the day.